Angel Island Conservancy has an active and passionate working Board of Directors with diverse experience in law, financial services, education, nonprofit administration, design thinking and project management. All share a passion for Angel Island and a commitment to its preservation.


Linda is a native Californian who has lived in the Bay Area for 20 years. Her interest and knowledge of the island is extensive, as she has volunteered as an Angel Island Docent for more than 10 years. Linda earned her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in History, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Diego State University. Professionally she began her career as a clinical health educator, eventually developing expertise in online health sites. Linda has worked for a number of health care companies throughout California.

Currently she is the Director of eSolutions National Sales Operations for Kaiser Permanente. While this is the first time she has served on a board, she has been active in fundraising for Lamb’s Players Theater, a non-profit company in San Diego and periodic volunteering for The Friends of Sausal Creek as well as producing a number of quilted and sewn items for various charities. In her spare time, she enjoys dragon boating, reading, quilting and wine tasting, not necessarily in that order. Linda lives with her husband Mark, and their perfect dog Bailey in Oakland.


Kate is an environmental leader who specializes in bringing organizations beyond compliance to maximize environmental benefits. After over a decade with the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, Kate joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer and was posted in Brazil. She received her bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and her law degree from Golden Gate University. She returned to the Bay area to continue her environmental work and raise her son Zachary with her husband Greg.

Kate enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking, biking, and swimming. In addition to serving on the Angel Island Conservancy Board, Kate is also a volunteer at, a rescue service helping to end hunger and reduce food waste in Marin.

Jennifer Buffalow, Treasurer
Karren Baker

J. Karren Baker serves as a mediator and arbitrator in connection with business litigation for her own firm, Baker Mediations LLC. Prior to starting her own company, she worked as an environmental insurance coverage litigation attorney in San Francisco for 25 years. Karren received B.A.’s in history and language and writing and rhetoric from Tulane University in New Orleans and her J.D. at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Originally from Mississippi, Karren resides in San Rafael with her partner Trevor and spends as much time as possible exploring the hiking trails on Angel Island and throughout Marin County.

Katie Clark

Katie Clark is the Director of Digital Marketing at IDEO, a global design and innovation company. With a background in branding, illustration, and graphic design, she has worked in the marketing and communication design fields for 15+ years and for IDEO since 2003.

Katie has an MFA from the Academy of Art (graphic design) and a BA in Visual Arts (graphic design and illustration) from Rutgers University.

She is an active health blogger, a NASA Social participant, and frequently donates her time and design skills to several nonprofits including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Katie lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and loves playing piano (classical and Motown), guitar, and surfing.

Julie Galbraith

Julie is the Marketing Director at IDEO San Francisco. She focuses on driving the IDEO business forward in a constantly changing world, generating awareness around IDEO's wide variety of capabilities, activating networks and building strategic partnerships all while building the IDEO brand on a global scale. Prior to IDEO, Julie spent 15 years client side focusing on building brands and businesses across a multitude of consumer goods industries from toys to entertainment to wine and spirits. Most recently, she managed Pernod Ricard's sparkling wine business for North America, delivering double digit growth--driving the business to be the fastest growing sparkling wine brand in the US.

Bay Area born and raised, Julie has a double B.A in Political Science and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley, where she also rowed on Cal's nationally ranked women's crew team. In her spare time, Julie loves spending time traveling around the world with her family. She also serves as an advisor for NGO Ninos de Guatemala and a board member of Angel Island Conservancy. She's inspired by nature, indigenous cultures, latino music and is outside skiing, hiking, running, surfing and yogaing as much as possible.

Emily Gannett

Emily Gannett is President of IRL Productions an experiential marketing agency based in NYC & San Francisco. Prior to IRL, Emily co-founded online video company, KlickableTV. Emily began her career in the studio system working for: Miramax, Focus Features & Rogue Pictures.

She was named to “30 Under 30″ by DMNews, received the PepsiCo Women's Inspiration Award for co-founding Change The Ratio, and was included in Marie Claire's NEW GUARD honoring the most connected women. Emily graduated from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts with a degree in Cinema Studies.


Nina is passionate about making our natural resources available and accessible to the whole Bay Area community. As an educator, she views Angel Island as an ideal classroom. She moved to Marin County from Madrid in 1999. Born and raised in Europe, Nina studied at the University of Education of Heidelberg and at the Ecole D’Architecture in Geneva, and has taught in Heidelberg, Paris, Munich, and San Francisco.

Nina brings a Design Thinking mindset to curriculum planning, and designing mutually beneficial partnerships between organizations and their communities. She is an active volunteer in her local community (e.g. PTA, SPARK, Odyssey of the Mind, St. Patrick’s Church, Dedication to Special Education). Nina, her husband John, and their three sons regularly enjoy an active outdoor life exploring the wonders of Marin County and beyond.

Jo Piazza

Jo Piazza is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist and digital strategist.

She is the author of seven critically acclaimed books, both fiction and non-fiction which have been translated into more than ten languages.

As a former editor and digital strategist with Yahoo, Jo has extensive expertise in leveraging editorial and social content for brands.

Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York magazine, Glamour, Elle, Time, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast, and Slate. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in journalism from Columbia University, and a master's in religious studies from New York University.

She is also an advisor to Parsley Health. In her spare time she enjoys traveling the world with her husband Nick who she met in the Galapagos Islands, teaching and practicing yoga and hiking with her giant dog Lady Piazza.


Aliyya is Executive Director of the Paperseed Foundation, a nonprofit organization underwritten by CellMark to strengthen educational opportunities for children and young people in underserved, resource-lacking communities around the world. She specializes in multi-sector collaboration to increase educational achievement, break down gender barriers and to harness existing business relationships of CellMark to support sustainable grassroots development work and create a culture of philanthropy in business. Aliyya has fifteen years experience in the fields of education, international development, girls’ empowerment and gender-based violence prevention.

Her experience includes working to mitigate sexual harassment and violence on the University of California, Berkeley campus, leveling the playing field for low-income students with Aspire Public Schools, empowering and educating indigenous girls with the Population Council and serving as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala for three years. She is adamant that every child deserves a quality education regardless of race, creed nationality, gender or socio-economic status and is an avid enthusiast for all things outdoors. Aliyya holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an Executive Certificate in Social Enterprise from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Jeanine has lived in Larkspur since 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California and law degree from Tulane University. She began her law practice in London, and is Senior Counsel at Clyde & Co US LLP. Her practice involves litigation of transportation and business suits, and she advises insurers on coverage issues, particularly those raised in transportation-related policies. She is a member of the Maritime Law Association, Women's International Shipping & Trading Association and Pacific Admiralty Seminar.

Jeanine has served on the Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools Foundation Board (now SPARK), and spent many hours volunteering in her sons’ classrooms, the school library, her younger son’s Boy Scout troop and both sons’ sports teams. Jeanine and her husband Karl can frequently be found cycling and hiking in Marin and in Yountville where the Tede family winery, Hopper Creek Winery & Vineyard, is located.


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